An outstanding pianist, composer and producer, Leszek Mozdzer is widely considered to be the greatest revelation of the Polish jazz of the last decade. Born in 1971, he has been playing the piano since the age of five. He has covered every stage of the formal education until graduating from the Gdansk Academy of Music named after Stanis?aw Moniuszko in 1996. He became interested in jazz relatively late - in the last grade - when he was 18. He was introduced into jazz in the band of Emil Kowalski, a clarinet player, but his proper start took place at the first rehearsal with a band called Mi?os? (Love) back in 1991. One year later, he received an individual award at the International Jazz Competition Jazz Juniors '92 held in Krakow. He was also a member of the Zbigniew Namys?owski Quartet. In the poll organized among Jazz Forum readers Mozdzer was voted the Most Promising Musician of the year 1993 and 1994, the Best Jazz Pianist - each year since 1994 till present as well as the Musician of the Year 1995 and 1996.
On many occasions Mozdzer recorded film music with Zbigniew Preisner he also regularly works with Jan Kaczmarek, polish composer working in LA, while recording music score (for 20th Century Fox and Mira Max). He has been invited to perform jointly with the celebrities of Polish jazz, such as Tomasz Stanko, Janusz Muniak, Micha? Urbaniak, Anna Maria Jopek, Adam Pieronczyk and Piotr Wojtasik; and has also worked with acclaimed international musicians, including Arthur Blythe, Buster Williams, Billy Harper, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny and Archie Shepp.
His theatrical projects are also remarkable:
o "Hair - love, rock musical" - Musical Theatre in Gdynia
o "Tango with Lady M." - Polish Theatre of Dance in Poznan
o "A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Musical Theatre in Gdynia in October 2001
o "Psychosis" Sarah Kane, directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, Duesseldorfer Schauspielhouse
o "Rewizor" M. Gogol, directed by Andrzej Domalik, Teatr Dramatyczny, Warsaw, 2002
o "Mandarynki i Pomarancze" Julian Tuwim, directed by Wojciech Koscielniak, Capitol - Music Theatre, Wroc?aw 2003
o "Sluby Panienskie" by Aleksander Fredro, directed by Jan Englert, National Theatre, Warsaw 2007
o "Operetka" by Witold Gombrowicz, dir. Micha? Zadara, Capitol - Music Theatre, Wroc?aw 2007
Up to date, Leszek Mozdzer has recorded over 100 albums, including many released under his own name:
o "Chopin - impressions " in 1994
o "Talk to Jesus " in 1996 (considered to be the Album of the Year 1996 according to a survey by Jazz Forum)
o "Facing the Wind " 1996 in a duo with an American double bass player David Friesen
o "Live in Sofia " in 1997 with Adam Pieronczyk (voted the Album of the Year 1998 by the readers of Jazz Forum)
o "Chopin Demain - Impressions " in 1999
o "Live in Ukraine" in 2003
o "Makowicz vs Mozdzer" - At The Carnegie Hall NYC, EMI 2004
· "PIANO" , Arms Records 2004
o "The Time" Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco - Outside Music 2005 ( Double Platinium Award in two months after album's premiere)
o "Between Us And The Light" Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco - Outside Music 2006
(Double Platinium Award in two weeks after album's premiere)
o "Pasodoble" - Lars Danielsson & Leszek Mozdzer, ACT 2007
o "LIVE CD&DVD" Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco - Outside Music 2007
o "FIREBIRD VII" Phil Manzanera, Leszek Mozdzer, Charles Hayward, Yaron Stavi, Expression Records, 2008
o "Missa gratiatoria" - Leszek Mozdzer with Gdansk University Choir, 2008
o "Tarantella" - Lars Danielsson, Leszek Mozdzer, Mathias Eick, John Parricelli, Eric Harland, ACT 2009
o "Kaczmarek by Mozdzer", Universal 2010
Improvisations on the themes by Fryderyk Chopin have further strengthened his position of the
artist and ranked him among the most outstanding individualities and virtuosos of the European jazz.
Together with Andrzej Bauer and m.bunio.s, Leszek Mozdzer is working on a project called Lutosphere, based on Witold Lutos?awski pieces. However presented to the audience, the project is still waiting for being released.
On 21st of August 2010 Leszek Mozdzer performed on three stages in a project called Mozdzer + together with: Naná Vasconcelos, Lars Danielsson, Zohar Fresco, John Scofield, Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart; Marcus Miller together with Alex Han and Louis Cato, Eddie Daniels and Charles Fox along with Polish musicians Motion Trio, Gaba Kulka and the Aukso Chamber Orchestra led by Marek Mos.